n Shopping centre café operator BB's Coffee and Muffins has launched a Christmas menu including Cranberry & White Chocolate Muffins, and Christmas Crumble, which is a muffin mixed with mincemeat. There is also a Ginger Reindeer Biscuit and a Cranberry Flapjack. Christmas baguette fillings include: turkey breast, salad & cranberry; Brie, lettuce and cranberry; and sage and onion stuffing with salad.

Midlands still waiting for new Krispy Kreme retail outlets

Donut retailer Krispy Kreme has yet to deliver on a promise to open a raft of stores in the Midlands as it continues to expand in the UK.


n Workers of Dorset Bakery of Hybris Business Park, Crossways, spent three days campaigning against a car-spraying workshop they claim is contaminating products and making them ill. Staff stopped working when they suspected fumes from the neighbouring Colortec workshop were seeping through and into the bakery's products. The employees demonstrated in South Street, Dorchester, to highlight their concerns.

High-GI link to cancer?

Bread hit the headlines again this week when the Daily Mail published an article linking consumption of white bread with an increased risk of kidney cancer.

Planning nightmare

A local council would cut its right hand off to attract inward investment from a company that employed as many people as Brace's Bakery - nearly 400, with a successful track record. It would put in all the roads and services necessary, especially if the company had a big international name. Then, probably, like many before it, it would move away once the grants ran out.

IAWS buys Otis Spunkmeyer

International food company IAWS Group has signed an agreement to acquire Otis Spunkmeyer Holdings, a leading US speciality baked goods business, from its management team and the private equity firm Code Hennessy & Simmons.

Compass settles

Catering giant Compass is to pay £40m to settle two lawsuits alleging it obtained United Nations foodservice contracts through rigged bids and fraud.

International activity

Fuerst Day Lawson (FDL), supplier of seeds and natural ingredients to the baking industry, can now supply sesame seeds processed in India.

Macphie's Gillespie retires on a high

Corporate affairs director John Gillespie is retiring from food ingredients manufacturer Macphie after 37 years.

Scots gear up for pie awards

Entries received so far for the 2006 World Scotch Pie Championship suggest the event could be a record breaker, beating the 350 entries received last year.

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